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TREND CONTROL SYSTEMS Keeps Its Eye On Energy Performance

An exact and up-to-date picture of a building’s energy consumption and carbon emissions is provided by the newly launched ‘Trend EnergyEYE’ from Trend Control Systems Ltd. Located within a reception area or other communal space, the eye-catching display will be a highly visible reminder to building occupants that their actions have environmental consequences – and it will thus encourage more energy conscious behaviour. Importantly, it will also allow an organisation to demonstrate to stakeholders its commitment to CO2 reduction and the impact of its energy saving strategies.

‘Trend EnergyEYE’ is designed to access utility meter readings from a Trend building energy management system (BEMS) and displays a continually updated record of the current day’s gas and electricity usage, plus consumption for the previous month and year to date. Alongside each value is its CO2 equivalent in metric tons; a traffic light system shows at a glance whether the level is on, below or above user-defined targets. Monthly utility consumption trends are displayed on line graphs or bar charts. Individual screen pages can be provided for multiple buildings or for different floors or areas within the same premises – as long as the appropriate sub-metering is in place.

The ‘Trend EnergyEYE’ software will run on a standard PC (with Windows XP), which can then be connected to a wall-mounted LCD monitor in, for instance, a building’s reception, lobby area or canteen. The display is automatically sized to the dimensions of the monitor’s screen. In addition to utility and emissions data, the display can incorporate scrolling text and a video, either or both of which could be used, say, to explain an organisation’s environmental policies, energy saving plans and green achievements. Many companies already have corporate responsibility videos that would fit the bill. Even PowerPoint presentations can be converted into the required FLV (Flash) video format.

The building’s BEMS must be equipped with a 963 supervisor (with an SQL server), which is the standard operator interface used with Trend systems. This collects and stores the meter readings and sends them as XML files to the ‘Trend EnergyEYE’. Though the latter could run on the same computer as the 963, it would generally be loaded on a separate PC and would connect to the supervisor via the office IT network or other Ethernet link.

‘Trend EnergyEYE’ is easy to configure and customise to user requirements. A simple to use configuration ‘wizard’ allows rapid set up and subsequent changing of all parameters, options and other application data. These include CO2 conversion factors, emission performance thresholds, consumption units, page cycle times and display layouts, headings and graph titles.

The new Trend product is already attracting strong interest from a range of potential users in both public and private sectors, including government, universities, schools, hospitals, retailers and large corporations. Schemes such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment and the requirement for public buildings to post Display Energy Certificates showing their actual energy usage, have been a spur to local energy saving initiatives. ‘Trend EnergyEYE’ can be a valuable component of such programmes, as well as a powerful advertisement of an organisation’s green credentials.

‘Trend EnergyEYE’ is available from both Trend and the specialist controls contractors that make up its nationwide network of value added resellers (VARs). It is one of a growing number of products and services offered by the Trend Energy and Support Solutions Team. Others include the highly successful iMAT on-line monitoring and targeting package, which automatically identifies and reports incidents of energy waste, and the recently introduced IQEye, a web-based BEMS performance tool. There is also a highly cost-effective energy audit service, which provides a thorough site survey and BEMS assessment and generally results in immediate energy savings.

Email: energy@trendcontrols.com


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